Ocean Dumping Research: Historical and International Development

  • P. Kilho Park
  • Thomas P. O’Connor
Part of the Marine Science book series (MR, volume 12)


Plans for systematic and comprehensive research and monitoring of the effects of ocean dumping were prepared in 1970, followed by their execution in recent years. Forty-three nations have joined the international convention on the “Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter” that became effective on August 30, 1975. At present, substances internationally prohibited from being ocean dumped include organohalogens, mercury, cadmium and their compounds, persistent plastics, high-level radioactive wastes, and biological and chemical warfare agents.


Sewage Sludge Radioactive Waste Estuarine Zone Navigable Water Convention Text 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Kilho Park
    • 1
  • Thomas P. O’Connor
    • 1
  1. 1.National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationRockvilleUSA

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